About the organisation

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Job Description

Sheffield Students’ Union, an educational charity supporting around 30,000 students at the University of Sheffield, is seeking an external trustee to join its Trustee Board.

About the Students’ Union

Founded in 1906, Sheffield Students’ Union has a long and proud tradition of representing, supporting and enhancing the lives of our members.  We launched a long-term strategy – Ours for Life ( see attached PDF) – one that will last us a generation. Our services, facilities and activities are designed to create a sense of community and encourage student leadership.  We deliver excellent services that including retail, bars, catering, entertainments and a nursery: all of these activities ensure that the Students’ Union is a “destination” for our members whilst enabling us to re-invest in vital welfare, academic and social services. We are outward-facing and support our students to participate in their local community.

Our purpose is to represent, inspire, involve and independently support our members. We are focused on maintaining our reputation as an outstanding student-led organisation in the UK.

For further information about Sheffield Students' Union, our charitable purpose and strategic objectives please see attached PDF


Being a trustee in a Students’ Union is extremely rewarding.  You will bring knowledge and experience to maintain an oversight of a wide range of activities at a strategic level in a dynamic, forward-thinking organisation.  Confident and diplomatic, you will be an independent voice, providing constructive challenge and thoughtful solutions.

If appointed, you will work as part of a seventeen-member Trustee Board who are responsible for the governance, strategic leadership and oversight of the organisations finance. This is an unpaid volunteer role with significant opportunities to learn new skills, work with a team and gain a detailed insight into how a large charity is run.  The Trustee Board meets 4-5 times a year, with the opportunity to serve on one of the specialist Board Committees. Induction, training and support is provided for all trustees. The Trustee Board navigates the challenges and opportunities of being led by our members whilst complying with its responsibilities under charity law and its commitment to deliver good governance.

Sheffield Students' Union welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, pregnancy and maternity, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.

If you feel you can contribute to a democratic, values-driven, large charity with an ambitious strategic plan and a commitment to transforming lives, we will be delighted to hear from you.

To see the Role Description and Person Specification please see attached PDF

Terms of Office

External trustees are eligible to serve for a term of four years, with the option to serve for a further four year term subject to a review by Nominations and Board Effectiveness Committee and approval by the Students’ Union Council.


Trustees must agree to abide by the Trustees’ Code of Conduct and the Nolan Principles of public service.

Please read the Eligibility Declarations carefully before applying. You will be required to sign declaration forms if you are successful.

To veiw the Eligibility Declaration please see attached PDF


Closing Date: Thursday 4th April at 11:45pm

Interviews: Wednesday 17th April 2019

Start Date: 1st July 2019

Trustee Induction Training and Meeting: 25th and 26th July 2019